By on February 12, 2015

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Sajeev delivered his Vellum Venom on this one earlier. Now, it’s time for the rest of the 2016 Ram Laramie Limited’s story.

The Laramie Limited offers rhinestone cowboys black leather, real wood trim, silver pinstripes and special badging inside the quad-cab, as well as the latest 8.4-inch uConnect system.

The main feature, however, is the truck’s updated face. Picking up where the Ram Rebel left off in Detroit, the truck’s chrome grill now resembles a nose thanks to the nostrils on either side. Meanwhile, the “RAM” name takes center stage in many a rearview mirror, while those following behind will get an eyeful of chrome-plated testosterone via the truck’s tailgate.

Other features include: air suspension (1500 only); remote start; power adjustable pedals; heated steering wheel and front seats; Berber carpet floor mats; French stitching; seven exterior colors; and 20-inch wheels.

The Laramie Limited will be offered on 1500, 2500 and 3500 single-wheel and dualie weight classes in two- or four-wheel drive on short- and long-wheelbase frames, with either Crew Cab or Mega Cab mounted on the frame. The 1500 will be first, going on sale in Q2 2015 as a 2015 model, while the 2500 and 3500 will hit the showroom in Q3 2015 as 2016 models.

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62 Comments on “Chicago 2015: 2016 Ram Laramie Limited Sports Fancy Duds...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Nostrils? Quick someone photoshop the horns of an actual ram to the sides of the cab.

    “FUS ROH DAH”

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Good looking truck and I can see what brand and model it is without my reading glasses. In fact I can see the make and model on google earth without zooming in

  • avatar
    brandloyalty

    Nothing exceeds like excess.

  • avatar
    wmba

    I think they missed a trick. RAM needs to be spelled backwards on the grille so that a glance in your rearview mirror will let you know what cartoonish so-called truck is on your ass this time, driven by a pimply 19 year old with world class spacial judgment skills. That’s when I hit the afterburner.

  • avatar
    rpn453

    4WD is only available on the 2500 and 3500 versions. The 1500 has an “on-demand” AWD system that functions poorly off-road and in winter driving conditions. But they won’t tell you that when you’re buying or researching it.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      Now we know what the “Limited” badge really means. I guess if you go back and complain about the AWD, they can just say that there were disclaimers plastered all over the truck.

      • 0 avatar
        rpn453

        Ha! That would somehow be easier to swallow than their standard response:

        “*Note – Chrysler Group LLC reserves the right to make changes at any time, without notice or obligation, in prices, offers, specifications, equipment, colors and materials, and to change or discontinue models. DH8 Elec Shift On Demand Transfer Case: This is an electronically controlled on demand (active) full-time transfer case. A wet clutch in the transfer case is used to control torque transfer to the front and rear axles. Depending on traction conditions, the Drivetrain Control Module (DTCM) Depending on traction conditions, the Drivetrain Control Module (DTCM) will modulate the electromagnetic clutch assembly to vary the amount of torque applied to the front axle. According to available information, the vehicle/transfer case is operating as designed.”

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Are you sure, I see the switch has auto 4wd, 4WD high, and 4 low, the auto may be what your talking about but 4WD high and low has a 50:50 split by definition.

      • 0 avatar
        rpn453

        Anyone familiar with trucks would assume that’s the case, but even 4WD LOCK and 4WD LOW are on-demand settings that require significant rear wheel spin before the front axle is temporarily engaged with a clunk. It disengages again when you let off the throttle.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          Well that solidifies my decision to go 3/4 ton, I was actually thinking about a 1500, but that’s just stupid.

          • 0 avatar
            rpn453

            It’s something that could probably be overcome through software programming, so maybe they’ll come to their senses and do that. Or maybe the aftermarket will come up with something that can be removed without a trace so the warranty is maintained. There’s still hope!

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @Hummer – if a Ram is what you want and you plan on using it as a pickup you are better off with a 2500.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          http://www.offroadxtreme.com/features/car-features/truck-review-the-2014-ram-1500-brings-truck-buyers-new-power/

          Actually it seems like there are two systems.

          • 0 avatar
            rpn453

            Yeah, the traditional part-time system was originally standard on some lower trim levels. The problem is that it was listed in the brochure as being the only available transfer case for those models – including the Outdoorsman – with no other options listed on the order sheet. So people specifically ordered those models to avoid the on-demand system and Chrysler built the trucks with the on-demand transfer case anyway, giving responses like this to people who complained:

            “We regret to read of your dissatisfaction that your 2014 Ram 1500
            Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4 has been factory ordered with the Electric
            Shift On-Demand Transfer Case (DH8). We took the liberty of escalating
            this issue to our Ram Program Management Team for further information.
            We have been advised that when the order for your 2014 Ram 1500
            Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4 with 6’4″ box was placed, the Electric Shift
            On-Demand Transfer Case (DH8) was standard and the Electric Shift-On-The
            Fly Part-Time Transfer Case (DH9) was not even an option for this model.
            The Electric Shift-On-The Fly Part-Time Transfer Case (DH9) for the 2014
            Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4 with 6’4″ box, such as your truck, was
            not an available factory option until early-June 2014.

            We are sorry that our 2014 Ram 1500 product brochure may be providing
            conflicting information, however, all information contained in the
            product brochures are as accurate as known at the time the publication
            was approved for printing . . .”

            “Chrysler Group LLC reserves the right to make changes at any time, without notice or obligation, in prices, offers, specifications, equipment, colors and materials, and to change or discontinue models.”

            It seems that maybe only the V6 1500s have the part-time case now. But that might change too.

            Here’s the big thread on the subject:

            http://www.ramforum.com/f38/4x4_problem_ram_2013_8-speed-40753/

    • 0 avatar
      mkirk

      Does it have a low range? My Land Cruiser was AWD and it was a beast but by AWD it pretty much meat traditional 4WD that is always engaged complete with low range and 3 locking diffs.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        From what I’m seeing on that website, in 4 low the back tires will spin at idle with the front braked. Not until you give it gas will the front maybe start spinning. Apparently the drive shaft isn’t even spinning the front while the rears are moving.

        • 0 avatar
          rpn453

          Yeah, it’s not good when you’re on a soft surface and your back tires dig themselves a hole before the front wheels even start to contribute. It’s also not good when you’re driving on slippery roads and every time you attempt to accelerate briskly you get a good clunk when the front axle kicks in well after the back have wheels have started spinning in futility.

          My buddy posted in that thread as cak446 and his truck, at less than a year old, is getting worse all the time as his transfer case clutches wear to create an ever bigger gap pretty much every time he accelerates. When winter first started, and he thought that 4LOCK was a literal description of the setting, the first time I rode with him on winter roads I questioned whether his 4WD was even engaging because there’s no way a 4WD or proper AWD vehicle should be that slow off the line with studded winter tires in any conditions. That was before it started getting clunky so the engagement wasn’t obvious and he argued that it might just be very slippery and his studs weren’t protruding much yet, but I wasn’t completely sold on that theory. I grew up driving a Wagoneer, owned an R50 Pathfinder, and had just recently been driving a B8 Audi S4 in similar conditions. It didn’t take him long to figure out that I was right. His Legacy GT and Dodge 2500 are much more competent in the winter.

          It’s a nice truck in a lot of ways. If it had a decent 4WD system, quicker steering, and at least a bit of steering feel I’d be impressed with it. I drove the ’06 Dodge 2500 Cummins that this 1500 replaced shortly after driving this new truck for the first time and the quick, communicative steering on the old 2500 made it feel like a Miata in comparison. He still has a ’04 Dodge 2500 Cummins in the final stages of a body swap after we rolled it at low speed off-road. That’s his baby; custom-ordered with leather seats, 6-speed manual, and a manual transfer case. His company wanted him to have a newer vehicle for work so he figured the 1500 would be a practical replacement for his ’06 work truck for oilfield duty. It’s frustrating when you can’t buy a new truck that’s better than your old ones.

          • 0 avatar
            rpn453

            Oops, I forgot that the ’04 is actually a non-dually 3500. Even more special as they’re not very common, but I believe it was only something like $800 extra and gave him overload springs and the extra trucky clearance lights.

      • 0 avatar
        rpn453

        That Land Cruiser sounds like it has an excellent 4WD system!

        It would be great if you could buy a new half-ton where 4HI had a center differential with either a Torsen-type or viscous coupling limited slip that was lockable – along with a 4LO setting – for true 4×4 when you need it, so you could run AWD in mixed winter pavement conditions on highway and city. Even with that, it would be nice to still have 2HI for driving pleasure and fuel economy on summer roads. I’m sure it would be a very popular setup for us Western Canadians.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    I wonder if FCA considered resurrecting The “Le Baron” or “Imperial Crown” names for this?

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      The scrolling stitching on the door panels and centre console, reminiscent of those scrolls you saw on the outside old Sonomas and Suburbans in the late 80s, is entirely too much.

      Plus leather
      And wood
      And VDP piping
      And labels

      Ugh.

  • avatar
    mjz

    On Allpar, they said this hideous grille design was inspired by the grille of a 60’s Plymouth Barracuda. WTF? Between this mess, and the equally ugly “Rebel”, I think RAM may have jumped the shark.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Gotta keep finding new ways to keep people shelling out $20k+ for $10k, at most, worth of options.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    Put that interior in my 2004 GMC HD and I’d have the perfect truck.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    As if my comments will be a surprise to anyone…

    http://roadwhale.com/yet-another-road-whale/

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      I didn’t see anything original there. It’s rather pointless to keep making the same “it’s never gonna get used as a REAL TRUCK(TM) anyway” if there are “real trucks” still being made.

      Whatever happened to being happy for others when they buy something nice? Or at the very least, remaining calmly neutral? Do we have to destroy everything now with disdain born out of envy?

      The old saying went, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” It would be better off if we changed “nice” to “constructive.” I know I certainly try to.

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        The guy has OCD. The issues run a lot deeper than just trucks.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        You’re making assumptions, Doc. There’s no ‘envy’ here. I honestly don’t need the size and I honestly will never pay so much for a truck of any size. What I need and want is something significantly smaller, on the order of their ’80s D-50 with enough cab room to carry my 50# dog behind the front seat–in other words, an extended cab. I drive on narrow streets a lot and something smaller would be ideal but something like this and all of its Big Three cousins are just too clumsy for comfortable driving in those areas.

        I did say something nice, though. I do like the looks of it; the new grill is probably the nicest I’ve seen in a long time simply because it looks more natural to the platform than those fake ‘Big Rig’ grills all pickups carried for over a decade. Scaled down about 25%, I might have consider one of these.

        If you’re rich enough to buy one, go for it. I don’t think you need it, but it’s your decision. I’m speaking for those of us who are stuck with station wagons on steroids when what we need are real open-bed haulers of a reasonable size.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          You’re entitled to your opinion, that’s why they make so many different vehicles, because everyone has different needs and wants.

          Honestly though, the only cars that really concern me are the ones in my garage. I love cars, I love to look at them, read about them, drive them and talk about them, but I couldn’t care less what motivates someone to buy a certain car. They have their reasons and they make the payments, Good luck to them

    • 0 avatar
      jrmason

      You know the old saying, a$$holes are like opinions, everybody has one and most of em stink.

  • avatar
    Dan R

    It needs fins.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    Just put a tasteful grill on it, get rid of the badges and I think it is a great looking truck. Of the fullsizers I like the Ford best right now on looks. Gonna need one of those custom jobs…Ford body, Cummins motor, and Allison transmission. I am eagerly awaiting the newnTitan though.

  • avatar
    Stovebolt

    The Dodge Boys are now RAM MEN.

  • avatar
    PentastarPride

    Bye, (Dodge) Ram. It was nice to know you. You really made the grade with your signature, distinguished look back in 1994 that still looks great today, just like your other members in your family: the ’93 Concorde, the ’96 Grand Caravan, the ’98 Intrepid and the ’99 Grand Cherokee. I also liked your new style back in 2002-2003, especially the refresh you had in 2006.

    Now? What are your masters doing to you? First off, you lost one of your best engines, the 5.9 Cummins Turbo Diesel (partly due to government pressure). Then soon after, you lost your heritage: Dodge. Now you just lost your crosshair grille. What else are you going to lose?

    • 0 avatar
      jrmason

      Ummm, the Cummins is still alive and well albeit in the form of a 6.7. Yes, it is an emissions laden engine but the CC chassis has always been outfitted with SCR as well as all pickups after 2013. The latest SCR system and associated software programming has really cleaned the engines up so much they are now running 15k mile OCI. No other engine even comes close to that duration in the light duty segment, diesel or gas.

      I don’t follow the half ton segment closely, but in the 3/4 ton and 1 ton pick ups a manual transfer case option is still available as well as a standard transmission option (again, the only of the big 3 to offer MT). As long as its available, I’ll never purchase anything other than a manual shift transfer case. I’ve had two Fords with push button 4 wheel drive and hated them both. The wife’s Mountaineer is AWD with no option for a manual selection and it drives me nuts every time I drive it in bad weather or off road. The AWD module shorted under warranty and fried the whole system and cooked the wiring harness to boot, and Ford had it for 6 weeks trying to figure everything out. I like the KISS method when selecting options on my trucks. Give me a lever. Cheaper and more reliable.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Ram (FCA) appear to be Korean’ising this pickup with each and every change.

    It’s so Asian. Maybe FCA can export the Ram to Korea or the Chinese will like it.

    Check the Ssyangyong Actyon ute (pickup) I would think that the Ram stylists used photoshop to design this front end.

    Nice going Ram for making a pickup more Asian looking than what Asia can achieve.

    http://liveimages.motoring.com.au/motoring/general/editorial/ge5752619431636390063.jpg?aspect=centered&height=290&width=440

    • 0 avatar
      PentastarPride

      It’s looking like I’ll be stuck with my 2013 Chrysler 200 for a long, long time. I like my car, but when I eventually grow tired of it, there will be nothing to replace it with, so I’ll keep it. There’s not a single car that has been released the last two to three years or so on the market that has any appeal to me, and it doesn’t look like it will get better.

      If a car today doesn’t look like some kind of strange creature, it’s loaded down with more electronics than a Google datacenter. If it’s not that, the interiors are so overdone that it makes the last-generation S-Class or two look like a penalty box with its obstentatious “luxuries” to the indiscernable eye (even a bloddy upmarket Hyundai Sonata is this way!).

      And don’t forget the most important thing: the drivetrains are so tweaked and pushed to its limits these days to satisfy EPA demands and to meet fuel economy metrics, engine and transmission replacements will actually become a scheduled maintenance item.

      No more simple mechanicals (ASE certification will soon require a degree in CS, maybe even an MIS because of the technical complexity). No more clean, simple, nice yet appealing interiors and exteriors. No more tastefully appointed luxuries.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @PentastarPride,
        I do think many people are confused between luxury and lots of bling.

        Any vehicle with enough bling, soft springs and shock valving set for a plush ride can be “sold” as a luxury vehicle. Even Cadillac does this with the Silverado, turned into a station wagon with lots of bling and an inadequate suspension. My sisters Prado is more of a luxury vehicle than a the Caddy Silverado Station Wagon.

        Prestige and luxury cars are designed as such from the ground up and not adaptations of sh!tters to be made to appear as luxury.

        This is why our German friends who make the finest motor vehicles in the world from the best sedans, performance cars and pickups are finding it harder to compete.

        The modern sh!tter is now getting closer and closer in refinement to the German cars. The Germans had to either move up market or down market to maintain volume. They chose the latter.

        This will eventually leave fewer true luxury and prestige car makers around. The Germans still make some damn good vehicles. But everyone else is catching up.

        But I will never consider anything based on a pickup truck as either prestige or luxury.

        Maybe we could invent a new term…….redneck luxury.

      • 0 avatar
        jrmason

        “And don’t forget the most important thing: the drivetrains are so tweaked and pushed to its limits these days to satisfy EPA demands and to meet fuel economy metrics, engine and transmission replacements will actually become a scheduled maintenance item.”

        Couldn’t be further from the truth. Its difficult to find an unreliable vehicle today. It wasn’t that long ago 100k miles was a big milestone for a vehicle, and now 100k miles is considered just getting broken in.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          @jrmason,
          That’s the case with my pickup.

          It didn’t make it to it’s first “service” at 240 000km. It’s pretty much a sealed unit.

          I got 33 000km before it collapsed.

          • 0 avatar
            jrmason

            I won’t pretend to know the build quality of vehicles in Oz, but if your experience is the rule and not the exception, I’d look for a different truck.

            Speaking of which, the “lifetime” service or at the very minimum “extended service guidelines should be taken with a grain of salt. 100k miles is way too long to expect a transmission to last without a service, a possible band adjustment and a fresh filter. Fluids oxidize and break down, clutches wear and material accumulates. I believe 100k is what is recommended on the wife’s Mountaineer but I had it serviced at 50k miles and plan to stick with that service. I service my trucks every 30k, but that is mainly due to the way they are run.

  • avatar
    joek03

    I am a truck buyer. I currently own a 2013 F150, father owns a 2013 Ram. I like the Ram. This is hideous.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I need to show my dad this and see what he thinks. He’s had exclusively Dodge trucks since about 1996.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    That big R A M on the tailgate is stupid. All that plasticized chrome will reduce the paltry cargo capacity by a few 100 more pounds.

    That grill will cause seizures in those prone to it.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      @Lou_BC,
      There’s nothing a bit of sandpaper can’t fix!

      Apparently you just sand back the “chrome” and paint according to a exceptionally knowledgeable TTAC contributor.

      I generally do the same when I mask a job prior painting. Why remove the tape, just sand the tape and paint over it!

      (Warning–to all who respond to this as a “legit” comment, it was a joke)

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        Actually, while I wouldn’t recommend sandpaper, vacuum metallized “chrome” plastic is generally white or black underneath, and there are chemical agents that can strip off the chrome.

        Pop the emblem off, strip off the chrome, paint it whatever color you feel like, pop it back on.

        • 0 avatar
          Scoutdude

          Well most modern emblems are double stick tapped on and it is difficult to remove them w/o damaging them.

          The solution is plastidip.

        • 0 avatar
          That One Guy

          Grilles and large chrome parts like those letters would be metal plated over ABS. Vacuum metalization is used to make a shiny layer behind acrylic, like on the Ford oval.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Or one can buy a truck from a different company.
            I prefer that option.

            With FCA’s durability/reliability problems they will be easier to locate for tow companies.

          • 0 avatar
            jrmason

            That must be why I see more and more service body trucks and emergency vehicles on the road with a Ram chassis and less and less Fords.

  • avatar
    TOTitan

    That thing makes the new Nissan Titan look good

  • avatar
    dabossinne

    Why do manufacturers feel compelled to go and eff up a perfectly good looking vehicle? That thing is just heinous.


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